'Portal1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Portal of Abingdon, Portal of Ashe Park, Portal of Bagnols (Languedoc), Portal of Freefolk, Portal of Laverstoke

                               
According to BLG1863, this family was originally Spanish but, since 1094, "their history has been inseparably associated with that of the city of Toulouse". They fled to England in 1699 after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. A booklet entitled 'The Portal Family', being an extract from 'The London Review, No. XXXVI, July 1862' which was printed for private circulation in 1863 and which can be found at archive.org, provides more history on this family but does not add to the pedigree found in the sources named below. BLG1863 provides a continuous pedigree from Jean Francois Portal (1642-1705), identifying him as "the fifteenth in the direct line of descent from Oldric de Portallao", who was the Chief Magistration of Toulouse in 1204. BP1934 starts its continuous pedigree from the following Raymond who may therefore be considered to have been 8th in descent from that Oldric.
Raymond Portal of Bagnols, Languedoc (a 1451, d by 1456?)
1. Louis Portal (d 1468)
  A. Jean Portal of Bagnols & Cadignac (d c1495)
  m. Andreve Lansagne (m2. Louis Cordier)
  i. Jean Portal of Bagnols & Cadignac, Mayor of Bagnols (d 1534)
  m. Agnes Perusin
  a. Francois Portal of Bagnols & Cadignac (d c1571, younger son)
  m. (mcrt 19.04.1530) Madeline de Mares (d 1588, dau of Jacques de Mares by Hoonorate Granier)
  (1) Guillaume Portal of Bagnols (bpt 24.07.1551, d c1609, 3rd son)
  m. (mcrt 02.04.1588) Marie de Mirman (dau of Morier de Mirman by Catherine Suisse)
  (A) Etienne Portal of Bagnols (d c1671)
  m. (mcrt 28.04.1632) Lucrece de Perrotet (dau of Jean de Perrotet of Orange by Isabeau de Sameria)
  (i) Jean Francois Portal of Poitiers, later in London (b 03.11.1642, d 1705, younger son)
  m1. (mcrt 10.02.162) Francoise Grimaudet (dau of Benjamin Grimaudet, Sn de Giraudieres, by Jeanne Pais)
BLG1863 mentions the following children: Henri/Henry, William (d 1760, "presented to the livings of Clowne, in Derbyshire, and of Farnbridge, in Essex", had issue), Pierre (m. Isabeau d'Astorg, ancestor of Baron Portal in France) & Mary. BP1934 does not name any of the 7 daughters but names 4 sons from the 1st marriage as shown below.
  (a) Pierre Guillaume ("The Rev. William") Portal (bpt 25.12.1685, d 13.09.1768, Rector of Clowne then Vicar of Sotuh Fambridge then Abingdon, 2nd son)
  m. (02.01.1724) Mary Magdalen Meure (dau of Andrew Monze Meure of Leatherhead, cousin of Peter Meure, widow of _ Findlater)
  ((1)) Andrew Portal (b 1724/5, d 07.1775, vicar of St. Helen's, Abingdon)
m. Frances Nethersole (d 05.1772, dau of William Nethersole of Charing)
  ((A))+ issue - Thomas (b c1757), Mary (a 1783), Anne (a 1783)
  ((2)) Abraham Portal of London (bpt 10.05.1726, d before 13.01.1809, goldsmith & author)
  m1. (21.08.1748) Elizabeth Nethersole (bpt 29.08.1723, d 25.02.1758, dau of William Nethersole of Charing)
  ((A)) William Portal (b 17.11.1749, d infant)
  m2. (1758) Elizabeth Bedwell (b 1739/40, d 1808, dau of Bernard Bedwell of Abingdon)
  ((B)) William Nash Portal (b 16.12.1770, d 1804, 2nd son of this marriage)
  m. (09.05.1793) Elizabeth Sarah Street
  ((i)) William Henry Portal (bpt 10.05.1797)
  ((ii)) Emma Portal
  m. (1831) William Turner ("a banker in Naples")
  ((C)) Richard Brinsley Portal of Daventry, Northamptonshire (b 30.11.1784, d 01.10.1859) had issue
m. (31.05.1807) Mary Woolston (d 19.03.1858, dau of Thomas Woolston)
  One of their descendants, Charles Frederick Algernon Portal (1893-1971) became Chief of Air Staff during World War 2 and was created Baron (1945) then Viscount (1946) Portal of Hungerford.
  ((D)) Elizabeth Portal (b 13.10.1759, d 1834)
  m. (31.03.1781) John Thompson (a 1806)
  ((E)) Mary Portal (b 17.04.1762, d 1803)
  m. (03.02.1782) John Woodin (a 1806)
  ((F)) Anne Craycroft Portal (b 29.12.1766, d 17.03.1843)
  m. Moreton Walhouse of Hatherton
  ((G)) Martha Portal (b 02.02.1768)
m1. (07.08.1788) William Burton (a 1806)
  m2. James Rondeau of Enfield
  ((H))+ other issue - Edward (b 20.01.1765, d 22.01.1765), Ann (a 1799, d young), child (d young)
  ((3)) William Portal of Westminster (bpt 03.04.1735, d 06.03.1815, goldsmith then ironmonger)
  m1. (31.12.1765) Elizabeth Yates
  ((A))+ issue - William Benjamin (b 1767 (bpt 12.11.1766), d unm 27.06.1812, rector of Wasing then Vicar of Sandford), Edward (bpt 03.03.1768, d young?), Abraham (bpt 22.06.1769), Edward Yates (bpt 11.05.1772)
  m2. ??
  ((4)) Mary Magdalen Portal (b 1728)
  m. William Nethersole
(b) Henri Portal of South Stoneham then Freefolk & Laverstoke, Hampshire (b 1690, d 30.09.1747)
  m. (26.12.1715) Dorothy Hasker of Norrington (d 29.10.1784)
  ((1)) Joseph Portal of Laverstoke, Sheriff of Hampshire (b 14.08.1720, d 14.12.1793)
  m. (03.11.1748) Sarah Peachy (d 27.12.1802, dau of General John Peachy or Peachey of Alverstoke)
  ((A)) Henry (Harry) Portal of Laverstoke (b 1752, d unm 19.03.1801, Captain)
((B)) William Portal of Ashe Park, later of Laverstoke (b 12.02.1755, d 12.02.1846)
  m. (1789) Sophia Slade (d 19.01.1837, dau of John Slade of Maunsell, sister of Sir John, 1st Bart)
((i)) Sophia Portal (d unm 1875)
((C)) John Portal of Freefolk Priors & Laverstoke (b 29.04.1764, d 07.05.1748)
  m1. (06.10.1794) Mary Corrie (d 1813, dau of John Corrie of Hoddesdon)
  ((i)) Caroline Portal (d 20.03.1837)
  m. William Knight (rector of Steventon)
  ((ii)) Charlotte Portal (d 27.09.1874)
  m. (22.06.1831) Maurice Ceely Trevilian of Midelney (d 26.02.1861)
  ((iii)) Frances Portal (d 1892)
  m. (04.12.1828) David Rodney Murray (d 04.11.1878, rector of Brampton Bryan, nephew of Alexander, 7th Lord Elibank)
  ((iv))+ other issue - John (b 10.11.1799, d 25.10.1811), Richard (b 19.10.1802, d 29.10.1811), William (b 08.01.1808, d 01.08.1826), Harriet (d 20.10.1811), Mary (d 1813)
  m2. (01.08.1815) Elizabeth Drummond (d 21.05.1877, dau of Henry Drummond of The Grange by Anne, dau of Henry, 1st Viscount Melville)
  ((ix)) Henry John Portal (b 22.03.1817, d 22.09.1823)
  ((x)) Melville Portal of Laverstoke, Sheriff of Hampshire (b 31.07.1819, d 24.01.1904, MP) had issue
  m. (09.10.1855) Charlotte Mary Elliot (d 03.06.1899, dau of Gilbert, 2nd Earl of Minto)
  ((xi)) Robert Portal of Ashe Park (b 07.11.1820, d 24.12.1888, Lt. Colonel) had issue (1 dau)
  m. (02.1856) Eliza Charlotte Taylor (d 19.07.1902, dau of Maj. General Taylor of Ogwell)
  ((xii)) Sir Wyndham Spencer Portal, 1st Bart of Laverstoke & Freefolk (b 22.07.1822, d 14.09.1905) had issue
m. (19.04.1849) Mary Jane Hicks-Beach (d 04.11.1903, dau of Williaam Hicks-Beach of Oakley Hall & Keevil)
  ((x)) George Raymond Portal (b 28.02.1827, d 03.04.1889, rector of Burghclere, canon of Winchester) had issue
  m. (26.12.1860) Helen Mary Charlotte Solesby (d 09.05.1904, widow of W. Daubuz of Killiow)
  ((x)) Adela Portal (d 28.06.1870)
  m. (03.03.1840) Edward Knight of Chawton House & Godmersham Park
  ((x)) Jane Eliza Portal (d 14.11.1900)
  m. (09.1863) Thomas Dundas (d 20.07.1902, Major)
  ((D)) Charlotte Portal (dsp 08.1813)
  m. (12.02.1795) Rev. Sir John Filmer, 7th Bart
  ((E)) Elizabeth Portal
m. Rev. Stiverd Jenkins (Jenkings) of Locking
  ((2)) Priscilla Portal (b 1718)
  m. William Bridges
  ((A)) William Bridges (d 1819)
  ((3)) Elizabeth Portal (d 09.10.1774)
  m. William Peachy
  ((4)) Dorothy Portal
  m. Charles Simkins of Avebury
  ((5)) Charlotte Portal
  m. (16.08.1755) John Slade of Maunsell (d 1801)
  ((6)) Anne Portal (b 1726)
  m. William Hicks
  (c) Etienne (Stephen) Portal Etienne of Bishopsgate (b 1692, d 1762, linen draper)
  m. Margaret
  ((1)) William Abraham Portal (b 28.09.1718)
  (d) Mary Portal
  m. M. le Normant of Amsterdam
  (e)+ other issue - Jean Francis (d unm 20.07.1706), 6 daughters
  m2. (28.04.1700) Marie Gousset (dau of Rev. Jacques Gousset of Poitiers)
  (ii)+ other issue - Guillaume of Bourges (a 1687), 2 daughters
  (B)+ 3 sons
  (2)+ 4 sons and 5 daughters
  b.+ other issue - Jehan (b 1520, d 20.05.1562, Viguier of Toulouse), 2 sons and 4 daughters
2. Jeanne Portal
  m. (1456) Jean Guisquet

Main source(s): BP1934 ('Portal'), BPG2003 ('Portal') with support from BLG1863 ('Portal of Laverstoke') and some input (shown in italics) from a schedule, with sources-identified, kindly provided to us by one of our main contributors (CV, 01.01.2020)
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